Opera Software

Searching in Opera

  1. Toolbars
  2. Menus
  3. Panels
  4. Speed Dial
  5. Bookmarks
  6. Opera Widgets
  7. Notes
  8. Opera Link
  9. Opera Turbo
  10. Opera Unite
  11. Content blocking
  12. Fraud Protection
  13. BitTorrent
  14. Display modes
  15. Developer tools
  16. Preferences
  17. Advanced Preferences
  18. Skins
  19. Keyboard shortcuts
  20. Using the mouse
  21. Using voice
  22. E-mail and news
  23. Feeds
  24. Chat
  25. Dialogs
  26. Auto-update
  27. Backing up Opera

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Searching the Web and searching within Web pages is completely integrated in Opera.

Find in page

To find a specific word or phrase within a document, you have two main options:

  1. Go to Page > Find or press Ctrl+F to open the search bar.
  2. Press . (period), then start typing the search word or phrase to find as you type. If you press , (comma) instead, you will search only within the text of the links on the page.

All search results on the page will then be highlighted, and the first search result will be focused. You can press F3 (or Ctrl+G) to move focus to the next search result.

Searching the Web

There are multiple ways to make use of Opera's integrated searches.

  1. Type into the search field on the address bar, use the drop-down to find the desired search engine.
  2. Type into the address field itself, using the keyword for the specific search engine you want and a word or phrase to search for. For example type g "vampire slayer" to search Google for a vampire slayer.
  3. Select and right-click a word or phrase, and select a search engine from the context menu.

Custom searches

Opera comes with a useful set of default search engines, but you may want to add some of your own favorite searches to the mix.

Adding a new search is most conveniently done as follows:

  1. Go to the site that has the search you want.
  2. Right-click the search field.
  3. Select "Create search" from the context menu.
  4. Edit the name of the search engine to your liking.
  5. Add a short keyword to be able to use the search engine directly from the address field, as described above.
  6. Click "OK", and the new search is added and can be used anywhere within Opera.

If you want to make the new search your default search engine, expand the dialog by clicking the "Details" button, and check the "Use as default search engine" box. You can also make it your default search engine for Speed Dial by checking the "Use as Speed Dial search engine" box.

In the expanded dialog, you can also edit the search string directly and specify that the POST method should be used for this search.

Search preferences

To manage your searches, go to Settings > Preferences > Search. Here, you can change the keywords and search strings for existing searches, as well as delete searches you regret adding.